Belt Tension Gauges

Practical Sailor’s editor-at-large, Nick Nicholson, writing in the Offshore Log in the May 1999 issue, discussed a breakdown of Calypso’s high-output alternator.Because such alternators...

Nav Software: Visual Navigation Suite vs. The Cap’n

A close examination of each charting program favors Visual Navigation Suite’s vector charts over The Cap’n’s raster charts.

Offshore Log: Essential Forecasting Tools

Our years of sailing in New England and the Caribbean, with their stable, predictable weather patterns, left us ill-prepared to deal with the vagaries...

Light Dimmer and Motor Controller

Occasionally, there are times when you would like to control the lighting brightness in the cabin-intimate settings, night sailing without adequate red lights in...

Simple Tips for Maintaining Stainless Steel

When applying a paste cleaner, a toothbrush is useful for buffing tight spots and working into the pores of welds; follow by buffing with a cotton cloth. A green 3M scrubby pad helps for removing more aggressive stains. Continued rusting in welded areas might indicate a developing failure, requiring replacement. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water and mild soap when done buffing.